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Harvard Radcliffe Institute is a cross-disciplinary laboratory of ideas that brings together students, scholars, and practitioners to engage with issues that can only be fully understood by drawing on research from across the humanities, sciences, social sciences, arts, and professions.

The Institute is unique among Harvard schools: Although we do not award degrees, we offer unparalleled opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students. Harvard Radcliffe Institute provides learning and research experiences that are difficult to find in a traditional classroom setting. Radcliffe students work directly with our fellows and faculty, providing unique opportunities for mentorship, and they work across departmental boundaries, connecting with peers across the University. Harvard Radcliffe Institute enriches the Harvard student experience by fostering interdisciplinary, engaged scholarship focused on the most pressing issues of our time.

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Opportunities for Harvard Undergraduates

Radcliffe Engaged Student Grant Program

The Radcliffe Engaged Student Grant Program provides $1,500 stipends per project to support the research, creative, and service work of Harvard undergraduate and graduate students on topics related to the Radcliffe Engaged focus areas. Applications are currently being accepted for Summer 2022. All applications must be received by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, May 1, 2022.

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Law, Education, and Justice Working Groups

Harvard Radcliffe Institute’s Law, Education, and Justice (LEJ) working groups center dialogue and give students the opportunity to engage deeply and build community around important topics within LEJ. Applications are currently being accepted for “The War on Drugs” working group. All applications must be received by 11:59 PM EST on Monday, February 14, 2022.

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Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowships

Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowships provide funding to Harvard undergraduates to do research in the Schlesinger Library's collections. Harvard Radcliffe Institute’s Schlesinger Library is committed to supporting students to pursue their own research. Applications are currently being accepted. All applications must be received by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, February 27, 2022.

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Radcliffe Research Partnerships

The Radcliffe Research Partnership (RRP) program matches Harvard College students with Radcliffe fellows in a research and mentorship program. Fellows act as mentors, while students provide research assistance, acquire valuable research skills, and participate in the Institute’s rich intellectual life. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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Call for Student Art Submissions

The Presidential Initiative on Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery is issuing a call for student art submissions to support a virtual walking tour. We encourage submissions that reflect student perspectives and connect to the history of slavery and the African American experience at Harvard. This opportunity is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in a Harvard degree program. Submissions are due at 5 PM ET on January 31, 2022.

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Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery Student Grant Program

The Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery Student Grant Program provides $1,500 stipends per project to support the research and creative work of Harvard undergraduate and graduate students on the topic of Harvard and the legacy of slavery, broadly defined. Applications are due by 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, May 1, 2022.

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Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Program is an innovative new youth mentorship program focused on gender and leadership. The program partners current Harvard undergraduates with high school students from the surrounding Cambridge area. Together, they challenge limited conceptions of who can be a leader and who belongs in elite institutions of higher education, and they build critical skills to drive positive change. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021–2022 academic year.

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Radcliffe Community-Based Student Internships

The Radcliffe Community-Based Student Internship (CBSI) program matches Harvard students with community organizations, based largely in the greater Boston area, for paid spring term internships. The program aims to foster community engagement by providing experiential learning opportunities to students that have real-world impact, while building new, meaningful relationships among community-based organizations, Harvard students, and the Institute. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021–2022 academic year.

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Student Advisory Board

Student Advisory Board (SAB) members shape student-related programs and experiences and represent the Institute at their respective schools and departments. Through interdisciplinary and engaged work, SAB members collaborate with students across Harvard schools, departments, and classes to shape and share Radcliffe resources and opportunities with other Harvard students. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021–2022 academic year.

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Opportunities for Harvard Graduate Students

Radcliffe Engaged Student Grant Program

The Radcliffe Engaged Student Grant Program provides $1,500 stipends per project to support the research, creative, and service work of Harvard undergraduate and graduate students on topics related to the Radcliffe Engaged focus areas. Applications are currently being accepted for Summer 2022. All applications must be received by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, May 1, 2022.

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Graduate Student Fellowships

PhD candidates at all Harvard faculties who plan to finish writing their dissertation in 2022–2023 are invited to apply. Graduate student fellows participate in the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program by attending all weekly fellows’ talks and lunches and are invited, though not required, to present their own work in a talk to the fellows. Applications are due on February 11, 2022.

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Law, Education, and Justice Working Groups

Harvard Radcliffe Institute’s Law, Education, and Justice (LEJ) working groups center dialogue and give students the opportunity to engage deeply and build community around important topics within LEJ. Applications are currently being accepted for “The War on Drugs” working group. All applications must be received by 11:59 PM EST on Monday, February 14, 2022.

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Call for Student Art Submissions

The Presidential Initiative on Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery is issuing a call for student art submissions to support a virtual walking tour. We encourage submissions that reflect student perspectives and connect to the history of slavery and the African American experience at Harvard. This opportunity is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in a Harvard degree program. Submissions are due at 5 PM ET on December 15, 2021.

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Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery Student Grant Program

The Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery Student Grant Program provides $1,500 stipends per project to support the research and creative work of Harvard undergraduate and graduate students on the topic of Harvard and the legacy of slavery, broadly defined. Applications are due by 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, May 1, 2022.

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Radcliffe Community-Based Student Internships

The Radcliffe Community-Based Student Internship (CBSI) program matches Harvard students with community organizations, based largely in the greater Boston area, for paid spring term internships. The program aims to foster community engagement by providing experiential learning opportunities to students that have real-world impact, while building new, meaningful relationships among community-based organizations, Harvard students, and the Institute. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021–2022 academic year.

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Student Advisory Board

Student Advisory Board (SAB) members shape student-related programs and experiences and represent the Institute at their respective schools and departments. Through interdisciplinary and engaged work, SAB members collaborate with students across Harvard schools, departments, and classes to shape and share Radcliffe resources and opportunities with other Harvard students. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021–2022 academic year.

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Tomorrow, May 27, we celebrate Radcliffe Day 2022, when we will award the Radcliffe Medal to the nationally renowned civil rights lawyer and scholar Sherrilyn Ifill. The festivities will open with a panel, “Higher Education Access and the American Workforce,” which will will consider ways in which to build an educational system that is accessible and equitable and that enables students of all backgrounds, interests, and abilities to secure stable livelihoods in a changing workforce. Learn more about the day, including how to watch the live webcast, by clicking on the Linktree in our bio. Photo 1: Ifill at the LDF 31st National Equal Justice Awards Dinner in November 2017. Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Photo 2: Ifill and our 2019 Radcliffe Medalist, Dolores Huerta, in 2022. Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for TIME

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Three Harvard seniors were honored today by Harvard Radcliffe Institute with the prestigious Captain Jonathan Fay Prize, annually awarded for the very best theses of Harvard College’s graduating class. Their work was selected from among 73 Hoopes Prize–winning projects. Zelin Liu (center left) translated and used archeology to reinterpret rarely translated Latin text. Ethan Seder (far left) invented CrashPak, an airbag for cyclists that could revolutionize bicycle safety. And Benjamin P. Wenzelberg (far right) composed a joyous Joycean opera. Each is pictured here with Radcliffe Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin. Congratulations to these brilliant soon-to-be grads! 📸 Kevin Grady/Harvard Radcliffe Institute

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